Monday, May 3, 2010

Paul's Broken a Glass

The pre-song banter before "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" is probably my favorite behind-the-scenes snippet from the Anthology recordings.  The lads have a bit of a false start, and while John is busy dinking around with his guitar, all sorts of fun things happen.  In order:

* When John calls an abrupt halt to the recording, Ringo immediately apologizes, assuming he must have made a mistake.  I think that's endearing in the extreme.  I can almost see him in the studio corner, frowning and quietly taking the blame for something that wasn't his fault.

* Paul breaks a glass of some sort, and rather than make a quick-and-dirty snarky remark about it, John turns it into a sing-songy story, while Ringo adds some drum patter to accompany him.

* This is my favorite part: John tries to get the take rolling again, and Paul obviously isn't prepared for it, so John calls him out.  But he calls him "Macca."  Until this recording, I wasn't aware that anyone called Paul "Macca" except his post-Beatles, solo-years fan base.  It's a touching moment, for me, because it pulls back the curtain just a bit further on the intimacy that John and Paul shared.


Anthology 2: Disc 1 - Track 4: You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

John: One-two-three, one-two-three ...

(guitars strumming)

John: Hold on, hold on!
Ringo: Ah, I was out ...
John: No, I'm just gonna raise this so's it's nearer the bass strings than the top string ...

(a glass shatters)

John: Paul's broken-a-glass, broken-a-glass, Paul's broken-a-glass, a-glass-a-glass, he's broken today!

(fiddling with guitar strings)

John: Okay.

(guitar strum)

John: One- ... oh, are you ready?  Macca? One-two-three, one-two-three!

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